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Men's Bare Access Flex

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Powered by FLEXconnect™ for hybrid performance—experience ultimate versatility, comfort, and ground connection on the trail, road, and beyond.
FEATURES
• Mesh and TPU upper
• Traditional lace closure
• Breathable mesh lining
• Hyperlock™ printed TPU heel counter for security during quick descents and sharp turns
• Integrated EVA footbed
• FLEXconnect™ dual directional flex-groove EVA midsole for agility and stability on uneven terrain
• M Select™ GRIP+ outsole with anatomical grooves is sticky and durable for superior grip and traction on wet or dry trails
• Stack height (heel/toe): 14.2/14.2mm; footbed: 0MM; insole: 3MM; midsole: 8/8mm; sole: 1.2mm web, 2mm lugs
• Weight: 7oz/210G (1/2 pair)
Technology
Barefoot Shape. Glove-like Fit.
Zero Drop.
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Secure Fit. Natural Flex.
Serious Grip.
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Outsoles deliver durable, highly
slip-resistant stability on wet and dry
ground, over mixed terrain.
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Vegan Friendly
Our vegan friendly footwear uses
0% animal products.
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5 5
A very good all-terrain shoe This shoe is perfect. It is super hard to find a running shoe that is minimal and light, yet durable. The Bare Access fits all of these criteria. I only wear running shoes that are zero drop with a wide toe box, because otherwise I would have all sorts of issues. I run anywhere from 60-80 miles a week and this shoe will last much longer than many of my other shoes which I seem to blow through in about a month or so. The Bare Access is very light, given its full rubber outsole. There is just enough cushion to be protective, but not enough to interfere with mystride. I love it. The only con is that there is a prominent arch, which does not seem to be there for support but rather to keep your foot in place. It may seem uncomfortable as first, but it has lessened in its prominence and is really easy to ignore. Even so, the arch does seem to keep my foot in one spot. This shoe fits a half size too big. But its alright if it is snug, because I feel that the toe box is very accommodating. Plus, the Bare Access simply looks awesome. In my opinion, this shoe is one of my favorites and is definitely worth the money.

A very good all-terrain shoe

Dec 11, 2017
This shoe is perfect. It is super hard to find a running shoe that is minimal and light, yet durable. The Bare Access fits all of these criteria. I only wear running shoes that are zero drop with a wide toe box, because otherwise I would have all sorts of issues. I run anywhere from 60-80 miles a week and this shoe will last much longer than many of my other shoes which I seem to blow through in about a month or so. The Bare Access is very light, given its full rubber outsole. There is just enough cushion to be protective, but not enough to interfere with mystride. I love it. The only con is that there is a prominent arch, which does not seem to be there for support but rather to keep your foot in place. It may seem uncomfortable as first, but it has lessened in its prominence and is really easy to ignore. Even so, the arch does seem to keep my foot in one spot. This shoe fits a half size too big. But its alright if it is snug, because I feel that the toe box is very accommodating. Plus, the Bare Access simply looks awesome. In my opinion, this shoe is one of my favorites and is definitely worth the money.
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1 5
Side split reviews are accurate Less than a month into having the shoes, the mesh began to split on both shoes. Sad because they’re really comfortable too. Contacted customer service but they seem backed up because response times are slow.

Side split reviews are accurate

Dec 09, 2017
Less than a month into having the shoes, the mesh began to split on both shoes. Sad because they’re really comfortable too. Contacted customer service but they seem backed up because response times are slow.
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2 5
Ok shoe that starts to fall apart after about a month Well I have have worn the shoes for 3 months now, and it is an ok shoe. Merell has made better shoes in the past. This shoe runs big which is fine with me I like more toe room. But at the flex point of the shoe the fabric has worn out. It started about a month after owning them and has only gotten worse. Also, the shoes squeak. Everyone can always here me coming when I wear them as the shoes squeak with every step that I take. They are fairly comfortable when I run but not as comfortable as previous Bare Access shoes.

Ok shoe that starts to fall apart after about a month

Nov 16, 2017
Well I have have worn the shoes for 3 months now, and it is an ok shoe. Merell has made better shoes in the past. This shoe runs big which is fine with me I like more toe room. But at the flex point of the shoe the fabric has worn out. It started about a month after owning them and has only gotten worse. Also, the shoes squeak. Everyone can always here me coming when I wear them as the shoes squeak with every step that I take. They are fairly comfortable when I run but not as comfortable as previous Bare Access shoes.
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1 5
Design changes have ruined this shoe. I'm a big fan of the Bare Access line. I've owned multiple pairs starting with the original Bare Access. All of them have been superb shoes. I ran my first half marathon in the Bare Access 2 with excellent results. The Bare Access Flex, however, is a huge disappointment that for me, ends Merrell as my zero-drop running shoe of choice. There are two things I do not like at all, one of which is a major dealbreaker: 1. The semi-padded tongue. I don't know why manufacturers go to non, or in the case of the Flex, a semi-padded tongue. It provides less comfort around the ankle where the laces are because the padding is minimal or nonexistent. 2. Deal breaker - the new design has a set of "ridges" along the inside and outside of the forefoot. One of these ridges on the instep is digging into my arch when running and causing blisters. It took me two uncomfortable runs to finally pick up the shoe and discover that the ridge in question is the exact cause of the problem. See the picture where my thumb is, that is the spot that is uncomfortable. I honestly can't believe that this design flaw passed any sort of actual testing. I also suspect that that particular spot will eventually wear a hole in the fabric because of the obvious rubbing that occurs there. Sad to say, with the elimination of all other Bare Access shoes, I'll have to find another zero-drop shoe to run in. I'm very disappointed as I generally love my Merrell shoes.

Design changes have ruined this shoe.

Nov 12, 2017
I'm a big fan of the Bare Access line. I've owned multiple pairs starting with the original Bare Access. All of them have been superb shoes. I ran my first half marathon in the Bare Access 2 with excellent results. The Bare Access Flex, however, is a huge disappointment that for me, ends Merrell as my zero-drop running shoe of choice. There are two things I do not like at all, one of which is a major dealbreaker: 1. The semi-padded tongue. I don't know why manufacturers go to non, or in the case of the Flex, a semi-padded tongue. It provides less comfort around the ankle where the laces are because the padding is minimal or nonexistent. 2. Deal breaker - the new design has a set of "ridges" along the inside and outside of the forefoot. One of these ridges on the instep is digging into my arch when running and causing blisters. It took me two uncomfortable runs to finally pick up the shoe and discover that the ridge in question is the exact cause of the problem. See the picture where my thumb is, that is the spot that is uncomfortable. I honestly can't believe that this design flaw passed any sort of actual testing. I also suspect that that particular spot will eventually wear a hole in the fabric because of the obvious rubbing that occurs there. Sad to say, with the elimination of all other Bare Access shoes, I'll have to find another zero-drop shoe to run in. I'm very disappointed as I generally love my Merrell shoes.
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4 5
Way more positives than negatives I’ve had the shoe for about 3+ months and now I admit I wear them for more than just running which is a no-no in the running world. But, what attracted me to the shoe was the slightly wider toe, comfort, and the shoe looks sharp when compared to other wider toe shoes. I have nerve damage in my feet, but I wasn’t going to give up my running so this has been my best solution out of a dozen pairs in the past 3 years. My only negatives would be that due to the lightweight material, there’s a trade-off for the likelihood of ripping. I have a small hole in the toe region from a Texas sticker patch I wandered off into. Only other negative is the laces twist very frequently. Easy solution is a pair of $5 round laces. I highly recommend this shoe, especially if you’re looking for a little extra room in the toe and don’t want ugly shoes.

Way more positives than negatives

Nov 06, 2017
I’ve had the shoe for about 3+ months and now I admit I wear them for more than just running which is a no-no in the running world. But, what attracted me to the shoe was the slightly wider toe, comfort, and the shoe looks sharp when compared to other wider toe shoes. I have nerve damage in my feet, but I wasn’t going to give up my running so this has been my best solution out of a dozen pairs in the past 3 years. My only negatives would be that due to the lightweight material, there’s a trade-off for the likelihood of ripping. I have a small hole in the toe region from a Texas sticker patch I wandered off into. Only other negative is the laces twist very frequently. Easy solution is a pair of $5 round laces. I highly recommend this shoe, especially if you’re looking for a little extra room in the toe and don’t want ugly shoes.
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